PEARL RIVER NY: Archpastoral Visit on 50th Anniversary
On Saturday, 27 October 2018, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael made an Archpastoral visit to the Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Pearl River NY. The parish celebrated the Fiftieth Anniversary of its formation. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Igumen Joseph (Hoffman), Parish Rector, was elevated by Archbishop Michael to the dignity of Archimandrite.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN GIRLS RETREAT
The theme of this year’s retreat is “Finding Your True North: Where Does Christ Fit into Your Life?” The retreat is open to Young Women in Grades 7-12 at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from November 9-11, 2018. We are especially grateful to have as our guest speaker Natalie Kapeluck Nixon, Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and the Ukrainian Orthodox Camping Programs, who will address contemporary moral issues facing all teenagers today, specifically young women. Natalie has a wonderful presence in the world of Orthodox Youth Ministry, sitting on the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), and also serving as a youth consultant for the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration and to the Assembly of Bishops Committee for Youth. She also teaches a Youth Ministry Certification Course for St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
"BEYOND THE PLATEAU"
The latest issue of our diocesan newsletter, "Beyond the Plateau" is now available. Please go here >
NEW ISSUE: "Jacob's Well" Diocesan Magazine-Journal
The Fall 2018 edition of our diocesan publication, "Jacob's Well," is now available. Click on the image above to view and read this informative and interesting magazine-journal. To see past issues, please go here >
Green Attica Symposium
Father Terence Baz of Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Clifton NJ writes: "This past June, I was privileged to be invited to a four-day symposium on the environment, hosted in Greece by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. I received this invitation as a member of the Fellowship of the Transfiguration, a body of Orthodox clergy and laity concerned about environmental matters and endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. At this event, called the Green Attica Symposium, I joined about 200 other international guests and world leaders to hear presentations outlining concerns about the environment."
ALPHA NJ: Archpastoral Visit and Celebration
On weekend of 15-16 September 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ and presented a Synodal Gramota to Archpriest Bohdan Ostash (Parish Rector) in recognition of his 30 years of priesthood. His Eminence also brought a new Antimension for the altar containing the relics of a saint. Following the Liturgy, in the newly renovated Church Hall, there was a festal dinner. His Eminence had a dialogue with parishioners during which he shared experiences about his recent pilgrimage visit to the Holy Land and Slovakia.